Catastrophic Injury Attorneys in Maryland
Life is never the same after a catastrophic injury. Many such injuries result in long-term pain and disability that affects relationships, careers, emotional well-being, finances, and more. The devastation can be compounded when the injury was caused by the negligence of someone else.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury from the carelessness of another, our professionals at Potter Burnett Law can evaluate your case. Call our catastrophic injury lawyers at (301) 804-6784 for a free consultation. You also can reach out to us through our online contact form.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is so severe it permanently affects every aspect of life. Someone suffering a catastrophic injury will often be out of work for an extended time, maybe even the rest of their life. Their independence is throttled, and their enjoyment of life is forever changed. This type of loss is both physically painful and emotionally devastating.
The seriousness of such devastating trauma affects more than the injured individual. The lives of loved ones are also impacted. They may have to become caregivers, with their schedules revolving around tending to the injured and taking them to doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, and mental health counseling. They often must also take on extra responsibilities such as additional household chores and providing for the family’s financial welfare.
Examples of catastrophic injury include:
- Amputation of limbs
- Bodily function damage
- Severe head or skull injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Third-degree burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Vision or hearing damage
Causes of Serious Injuries
There are many sources of catastrophic injury. While motor vehicle accidents like car collisions, motorcycle accidents, and truck crashes are among the most common, there are many others, including:
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Slips and falls
Damages for Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries are often financially crippling, not to mention emotionally and physically destructive. If you or a loved one’s injury was caused by another person’s negligence or willful act, you have the right to hold that person accountable by seeking compensation to cover the physical, emotional, and mental costs of the catastrophic injury.
Maryland has no damage caps on economic costs, but there are limits for damage awards related to non-economic costs. Those damage caps differ depending on how the injury was caused. Caps are lower for medical malpractice cases.
Economic damages include costs of:
- Doctor visits
- Hospital stays
- Lost wages, including future
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
Non-economic damages include:
- Emotion distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Maryland law provides for the possibility of punitive damages, but the plaintiff must provide clear and convincing evidence that the responsible party acted with malice. This is a tough bar to overcome. When punitive damages are awarded, the purpose is to punish the person responsible, not compensate for any loss. There is no statutory cap on punitive damages. The judge or jury has discretion on how much is awarded.
Maryland is one of only a handful of states that still follows contributory negligence. If the injured party is even 1% responsible for the accident, they are barred from seeking any damages.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations, the time limit for filing a lawsuit after sustaining an injury, is three years for most personal injury cases. Circumstances can affect when you have the right to seek damages, so make sure to talk to one of our attorneys if you are considering suing for damages.
Bowie Catastrophic Injury Lawyers with Decades of Experience
At Potter Burnett Law, we have been collectively handling complex legal cases for more than 60 years. Our experienced lawyers represent individuals from all walks of life throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our boutique-style law firm ensures that each client receives the dedication and support they deserve as we work aggressively to bring negligent parties to justice.
Contact us today for a no-cost consultation by calling (301) 804-6784 or using our online form.
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$550,000 Car Accident Settlement
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altimore City wrongful death case for 75-year-old man.
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